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NYC’s Promenade Bar & Grill Becoming Not Kosher

March 13, 2018 - from the YeahThatsKosher and confirmed by the OK:

"Manhattan’s first fully kosher sports bar, Promenade Bar & Grill, will be dropping its kosher certification later this week and becoming a non-kosher establishment, open on Shabbat, confirmed by the restaurant’s owners. The last kosher meals will be served this coming Thursday evening."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6281

Kashrus informtion on Trader Joe Cinnamon Rolls

March 5, 2018 from a reader and confirmed by the OU with additional information from a reader on March 13, 2018:

The Trader Joe Cinnamon Rolls with Icing in a tube is labeled OUD, but in fact, its true status, at the present time, is DE (Dairy Equipment).
What does DE mean? Parve products made with heat on dairy equipment may be eaten after meat, but not with meat.
"From the OU: Some kashrus agencies use a DE symbol, but the OU has chosen not to use a DE designation because it is felt it may be confusing to the kosher consumer. Also, to be a true DE product, the equipment must be properly cleaned of residue after dairy production, and that level of cleanliness is sometimes difficult to maintain and guarantee."
"Please note that it is possible that the manufacturer will reformulate this product and add a true dairy ingredient. You will not be able to know this, since the OUD kosher symbol will remain the same. We recommend that you call our office every 3 months to reconfirm the DE status of this product."

Ed. note: The already baked pull-apart Trader Joes Cinnamon Rolls are dairy OU-D. Contents include milk, butter

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6274

Starwest Botanicals Inc. Product Recalls Organic Cardamom Pods Green (Whole) Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

March 9, 2018 from the FDA:

Starwest Botanicals is voluntarily recalling Starwest Botanicals Organic Cardamom Pods Green (Whole), which is packaged in Mylar 1 pound bags and in bulk packs.
The product was sold nationwide by several different methods. It was either shipped directly to Starwest Botanicals customers who purchased online from firm’s website or mail order customers, or held for pickup up by the customer at Starwest Botanicals. The product was sold between January 15, 2018 and March 2, 2018.
The lot number of Starwest Botanicals Organic Cardamom Pods Green (Whole) 1 pound with UPC 7-6796302528-9 included in this recall. The item# 209735-01 and lot number (75593) can be found on the label affixed to the bag.
The lot number of Starwest Botanicals Organic Cardamom Pods Green (Whole) bulk pack with UPC 7-6796302527-2 included in this recall. The item# 209735-00 and lot number (90186-00) can be found on the label affixed to the bulk pack.
Consumers in possession of this voluntary recalled product may return it to Starwest Botanicals in Sacramento, CA for a full refund. Consumers or media with questions should contact Starwest at 1-800-800-4372 (Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm PST).

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6280

Kosher Alert Dom Reserve Salad Shrimp

March 9, 2018 from the OU:

Dom Reserve North Atlantic Salad Shrimp, Dom International, Toronto ON has an unauthorized OU.
The Orthodox Union does not certify Dom Reserve North Atlantic Salad Shrimp. Some labels bear an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective actions are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6279

Kashrus Advisory on Alfasi Reserve wines

March 7, 2018 from the OK:

Alfasi Reserve, Royal Wine Corp., Bayonne, NJ 07002
All Alfasi Reserve wines produced before 2017 are not mevushal.
The 2017 Alfasi Reserve wines are mevushal, as stated in English, but bottles may be mislabeled with the words 'Not Mevushal' in Hebrew.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6278

Kashrus alert on various Nature Valley Granola bars

March 6, 2018 - From the editor's question to the OU:
Some varieties of Nature Valley Granola bars are not certified and do not bear the OU kosher symbol. Please check each package for the symbol.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6277

Kodiak Cakes Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Kodiak Cakes Blueberry Chia Energy Waffles 10.72 oz. Product UPC code is 7 05599 01215 0.

March 5, 2018 from the FDA:

Kodiak Cakes of Park City, UT is recalling all lots and codes of Kodiak Cakes Blueberry Chia Energy Waffles 10.72 oz that were on shelf prior to March 5, 2018 because they contain undeclared milk.
The recalled frozen waffles were distributed nationwide to retail grocery stores. See attached picture to identify the retail packages of the product.
The improper labeling was discovered when a consumer notified Kodiak Cakes that a family member had a reaction to the product and that “milk” was not included in the allergen statement. While the specific ingredient “whey” is included in the ingredient declaration, the presence of milk is not identified in the ingredient list or declared in the allergen “contains” statement.
Consumers who have purchased this item may return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. For questions, consumers can either call the company at 801.328.4067 Monday-Friday between 9am and 5pm Mountain Time or send an email to flapjacks@kodiakcakes.com.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6276

IDLife, LLC Issues Allergy Alert on Various Undeclared Allergens in its Bars

March 5, 2018 from the FDA:

IDLife, LLC of Frisco, TX is voluntarily recalling its line of Protein Bars (Lot #s PR33471, PR31771, & PR31971), Snack Bars (Lot #s SN32071 & SN30771), and Kids Bars (Lot #s A3617-1 & 03047-1), because they may contain undeclared allergens. As part of its quality control review process, IDLife discovered that the lots of Protein Bars referenced above may contain undisclosed almonds, the lots of Snack Bars referenced above may contain undisclosed peanuts, and the lots of Kids Bars may contain undisclosed almonds and coconut oil.
The Bars were distributed nationwide through a direct to consumer distribution network.
The Bars in question are individually packaged in IDLife branded foil wrappers.

ProductFlavorLot NumbersBest By DateUndeclared
Protein BarChocolate& Peanut ButterPR33471 PR31771 PR31971March 20, 2018
March 13, 2018
March 15, 2018
Snack BarChocolate& AlmondSN32071 SN30771March 16, 2018
March 19, 2018
Kids BarChocolate & Mixed BerryA3617-1 03047-1April 26, 2018
March 16, 2018
Almonds Coconut Oil

No illnesses, reactions or events have been reported to date.

The recall was initiated after IDLife’s quality control team discovered a problem at the Company’s contract manufacturer for its bars. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the contract manufacturer’s quality control procedures.

Consumers who have purchased Protein, Snack or Kids Bars affected by this recall are urged to return them to IDLife for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm CST, at 1-972-987-4430.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6275

Insect infestation found in iceberg lettuce

March 4, 2018 from the Vaad of Denver:

Please be advised that there has been an increase in reports of infestation in fresh iceberg lettuce.
For pre-washed bagged iceberg lettuce, we now recommend checking 20% of the bag. If no insects were found, you can use the rest of that bag without further checking. If insects were found, check the entire bag.
Alternatively, you can soak the entire contents of the bag in soapy water, agitate it and then soak it in plain water, then pour the water through a strainer lined with a white cloth, place the cloth on a light box and inspect it for insects. If no insects are found, it may be used. If insects are found, repeat this process. If insects were found after the second time, discard.
For heads of iceberg lettuce, discard the outer leaves. Check the next 5 layers (10 leaves). If no insects were found, you can use the rest of that head without further checking. If insects were found, check all the leaves.
As more information is available, we will send out an update.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6273

Kashrus alert on BioCoffee Organic Instant Alkaline Coffee

February 28, 2018 - From the Star-K:
BioCoffee Organic Instant Alkaline Coffee, distributed by BioCoffee, Acworth, GA, bears an unauthorized Star-K and is not certified kosher. The product is sold online and in health food stores. Corrective action is being taken.
For more information contact info@star-k.org or call 410-484-4110.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6270
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